Palmer’s Blog: Peace Will Help Us Grow

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In Lebanon this past weekend, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the theme of the first Lions International Peace Poster Contest: “Peace Will Help Us Grow.” Thirteen-year-old Mustapha El Tawokji from Lebanon won that contest for his beautiful depiction of a dove flying over a growing flower.

Lions in Beirut recently opened a new park on the original border site of East and West Beirut during the civil war. I attended the opening ceremony, releasing white doves as a sign of peace as well as planting an olive tree. With the opening of this park, a part of young Mustapha’s dream has come true, and I’m proud to say that the Lions helped make it happen.

The video above is a nice look back at the first Peace Poster Contest, and how the contest has affected Mustapha’s life and vision of peace. The contest is still going strong today; you can order a kit for this year’s theme, “Peace, Love and Understanding.”

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Video: Lions Build a Nature Park

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In celebration of Earth Day and Lions’ commitment to this month’s Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign, we’re sharing a video from Lions Quarterly archives that features Lions who built a nature park for their community. Once a former disaster site, the area was transformed into a park for local families to enjoy, as well as a memorial for those who lost their lives to a flood in 1972.

How is your Lions club celebrating Earth Day today?

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Webinar: Conflict Resolution

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Don’t miss the last Leadership Development webinar of this Lions year:  Conflict Resolution.  The presentation disarms the idea of conflict by discussing common causes of conflict, the benefits of conflict and five conflict management strategies.

The webinar will review the pros and cons of each conflict management  approach as well as when to use each one — competition, avoidance, compromise, accommodation or collaboration.  Collaboration, the optimal choice, will be discussed in detail.

Don’t miss this webinar! It will give you the tools to help manage conflict at the club, district and all other Lions’ levels.

Sign up today:

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00pm CDT Chicago time

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12:00pm CDT Chicago time

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Rebuilding a New Life

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Life as usual stopped at 2:28 p.m. on May 12, 2008 for Nang Chong Chen and her family. That is the moment that the great Sichuan Earthquake struck China, and the lives of 40 million people were shattered.

Everything gone in an instant

The Sichuan earthquake destroyed 5 million homes; Chen’s home was one of those. Chen’s small village was in ruins and was part of the estimated US$147 billion in damage the earthquake left in its aftermath. Loved ones were lost, basic needs like shelter and food were gone and the future was uncertain.

Relief and rebuilding

While the victims were still in a stunned haze, within 48 hours after the earthquake Lions committed a US$500,000 catastrophe grant to address immediate needs like medicines, clothing, blankets and temporary housing. Over the following weeks and months Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded more than US$3 million in additional grants and donations.

Chen’s family was able to live in tents provided by Lions until the government set up temporary homes. That October they moved into their newly built home in Peng Hua Lions Village, where more than 150 new residences were constructed. In this community, the average income is less than US$1 a day and rebuilding would not have been possible without Lions’ assistance.

Lions worked hand-in-hand with the local residents on the construction. Many Lions visited the village, helping with reconstruction, driving supplies, overseeing the building process and ensuring funds were well-spent. Some Lions made the difficult trip more than 10 times. Chinese Lions took time away from their jobs and family, paying their own airfare or personal expenses, to give hope and aid to those who needed it most.

In gratitude, Chen wants all Lions to know: “I am enjoying my new life in my new home.”

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Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Oakleigh makes life more comfortable for young dialysis patient.
  • BARBADOS: Lions Club for Christ Church West helps local school provide job training for disabled students.
  • NEW ZEALAND: The Kaikoura Lions Club celebrate 50 years of service by donating a mountaintop bench.
  • MARYLAND, USA: North East Lions Club performs eye examinations to Pre-K students.
  • GUYANA: Essequibo Lions Club builds fence at Charity Primary School
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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